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Release Date:
June 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
I Had to Make It As a Woman. There Was No Return. See more »
Plot:
A sex-change operation that changed "George" into "Christine" in 1950s Denmark. | Add synopsis »
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(3 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

John Hansen ... George Jorgensen Jr / Christine Jorgensen
Joan Tompkins ... Aunt Thora

Quinn K. Redeker ... Tom Crawford (as Quinn Redeker)
John Himes ... George Jorgensen Sr. (as John W. Himes)
Ellen Clark ... Mrs. Florence Jorgensen

Rod McCary ... Jess Warner

Will Kuluva ... Professor Estabrook

Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Dr. Victor Dahlman (as Oscar Beregi)
Lynn Harper ... Dolly
Trent Lehman ... George at 7

Pamelyn Ferdin ... Dolly as a Child

Bill Erwin ... Pastor
Joyce Meadows ... Tani
Sondra Scott ... Angela
Elaine Joyce ... Loretta
Don Pierce ... Jack
Kathleen Cordell ... Woman Reporter
Walter Stocker ... Reporter
Barry Cahill ... Reporter
Frank Gerstle ... Newspaper Reporter at Airport
Wally Rose ... Photographer
Ray Sittin ... Santa Claus (as Ray Sitton)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Bourne ... Whalstrom (uncredited)
Dee Carroll ... Mrs. Whalstrom (uncredited)
Eddie Frank ... George as a Child (uncredited)
Svetlana ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Rapper 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christine Jorgensen  autobiography
Robert E. Kent 
Ellis St. Joseph 

Produced by
Robert E. Kent .... associate producer
Edward Small .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
Bert Shefter 
 
Cinematography by
Jacques R. Marquette  (as Jacques Marquette)
 
Film Editing by
R.A. Radecki 
 
Art Direction by
Frank Paul Sylos  (as Frank Sylos)
 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman 
 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry (fashion designer)
 
Makeup Department
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Harold E. Knox .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Howard G. Kazanjian .... assistant director (as Howard Kazanjian)
 
Art Department
Monroe Liebgold .... property master (as Jockey Liebgold)
 
Sound Department
Del Harris .... sound effects editor
Burdick S. Trask .... sound mixer
Burdick S. Trask .... sound (as Brad Trask)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Madison S. Lacy .... still photographer (as Madison Lacy)
 
Casting Department
Harvey Clermont .... casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas Costich .... wardrobe (as Tom Costich)
Sharon Thober .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Grant Whytock .... supervising editor
 
Transportation Department
Jack Lietzke .... transportation
 
Other crew
Jane Ficker .... script supervisor
Christine Jorgensen .... technical advisor
Robert O. Pearman .... technical advisor (as Robert O. Pearman M.D.)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Christine Jørgensens historie" - Denmark
"Il primo uomo diventato donna" - Italy (imdb display title)
"Quando o Sexo Se Define" - Brazil (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
98 min | 89 min (DVD)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:X | USA:R (certificate #22443)

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Trivia:
One of the film's major advertising tag lines was the erroneous claim "The First Man To Become A Woman!" In truth, as the movie makes clear, others had undergone similar surgery earlier, but Jorgensen was simply the first well-publicized sex change case.See more »
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Anachronisms: During a playground football game set during the Depression, a late-1960s car drives by in background.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Victor Dahlmen:Ah, you Americans, you're advanced in so many ways! But when it comes to sex, hmm! Childish! Operate on the brain! Perform a lobotomy, fine! But take a pair of testicles and *everybody* explodes!See more »
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Referenced in Code Name: Raw-Hide (1972)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Corny but Honest, 9 March 2006
Author: Felix-28 from Melbourne, Australia

The comments posted here are uniformly derisive of this film. It does not deserve such derision.

I suppose I should confess that I haven't seen the film for about 20 years, or maybe longer, and that I only saw it by chance while channel-hopping one evening, so I suppose my memories of it are somewhat faded. However I was hooked by it, and it's stuck in my mind ever since.

What the other comments overlook about this film is its honesty. It is made with real feeling. It's true that the dialogue is campy and that the attitudes portrayed are stereotypical; but the writer -- who was Christine Jorgensen herself/himself -- lived and believed every word of it, and her sincerity shines through every line.

I'm not saying the film is perfect. Very far from it. I've given it only 6 out of 10. But if you watch it with an open mind, it's quite a revealing portrayal of the mind of a transsexual. I'd be interested to know what happened to the author in later life.

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